Skip to comments.GOP Moves to Tone Down Criticism of Sotomayor
Posted on 05/29/2009 4:42:37 PM PDT by lewisglad
Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are rushing to contain racially tinged rhetoric in the debate over President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, fearing that attacks emanating from some conservatives opposed to appellate court Judge Sonia Sotomayor could damage GOP prospects among women and the rapidly growing Hispanic population.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said today he was "uneasy" over allegations by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and talk-show host Rush Limbaugh that Sotomayor is racist.
Sessions, who lost a 1986 bid for a federal judgeship amid concerns over his own racial sensitivity, said Republicans should focus on Sotomayor's legal record to try to divine what sort of a Supreme Court justice she would make.
"I'm uneasy," Sessions said in a 30-minute interview in his office in the Russell Senate Office Building. "I don't think that's good rhetoric. The question is, has the judge gone too far or not, given the established law of the land?"
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, also condemned the remarks by Gingrich and Limbaugh, noting that "neither one of these men are elected Republican officials."
"I think it's terrible," Cornyn said in an interview late yesterday with NPR's "All Things Considered." "This is not the kind of tone any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent."
"I just don't think it's appropriate," he continued. "I certainly don't endorse it. I think it's wrong."
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“racially tinged rhetoric”? You have got to be kidding. Sotomayor makes a blatantly racist statement, and it is “racially tinged” to criticize it? And now Sessions is joining Cornyn in this ridiculous attempt to censor perfectly legitimate criticism.
Does she have any kids? I just wonder. I’m not dissing folks without kids, but there’s always talk about the big perspective you get when you have kids. I have some, and I my experiences post are very different then pre-kids. Is that diplomatic enough?
Ah, I can still remember when Princeton had some good basketball teams, competetive football, some excellent wrestlers, and nothing to apologize for!
I think that the GOP needs to “tone down” its criticism of Americans.
I'm offended at your bigoted reference to her being "allowed." Your allowance of her bigotry presumes a patriarchal dominance over her racism, reducing it to mere allowed bigotry and thereby denying it the fullest expression of her natural, narrow-minded discriminatory hate-filled racial bias. You, and people like you, are the reason she was victimized into becoming a racist in the first place. You should be ashamed.
I'm "uneasy" that our "elected officials" are spending so much time being "uneasy" about what others, who aren't elected officials, are saying and doing rather than focusing on what THEY should be saying and doing.
This is only about Rush and Newt, rather than Sotomayor, if Republicans spend their time fulfilling the plans of the Dems and their cohorts in the media by responding to what everyone other than Sotomayor has said and done.
Hilarious. The racially-tinged rhetoric came from her.
The Pubes continue to disappoint. Are there any men of wisdom, resolve and stature left in the Republican party?
None that I can see.
Weaklings and cowards, unfit for office, who have a charge to protect our country, but because of dereliction, are party to destroying it.
I absolutely cannot believe I am witnessing the unraveling of my country before my very eyes.
My money goes ONLY and DIRECTLY to qualified candidates.
Got that right. This is the Post covering for their candidate again. They're trying to create a norm against which anyone who falls may safely be called "racist." Never call a minority racist a racist - it's racism. I'm yawning.
Remember during our opposition to Harrist Myers, when Lindsey Grahamnesty told us to “shut up”?
More of the same.
Never the less, here we stand. No one seems to understand we are at war, we will either return to our Christian heritage, or we will live under Sharia law.
GOP = spineless weasels
What you said BUMP.
Absolutely freaking pathetic.
Screw you, GOP. My checkbook remains slammed shut.
What a bunch of pu**ies. I am so looking for another party. The GOP has seen the last dime from me.
“I am so sick of these POS RINOs!!!!!!!”
No kidding. Next time the gutless wonders call you or send you a mailer seeking a donation, tell them to f**k off!
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